Distance from Mareggio: 63km
Pausanias refers to it by its Laconic name, «Accra Minoa», the Franks called it Malvazia or Malvazoui, while during Ottoman times it was known as Menexi Kalesi (the Castle of Menexedon). Its current name, Monemvasia, stems from the Greek words “Mone and Emvasi” meaning “sole entrance”. The fortress-city, situated 63 km from Mareggio Exclusive Residences & Suites, is one of the most significant tourist destinations not only in the Peloponnese but in the Mediterranean as a whole. Each year, thousands of visitors are captivated by this medieval fortress that never ceased to be inhabited and that to this day is a storybook-like setting for both young and old. It should be a must-see for everyone, go visit, if you have not done so already. The promontory detached from the mainland in November 375 A.D, as a result of an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale, that hit Mani especially hard and led to the complete or partial sinking of several of the large cities of the time such as Plytra, Asopos, the Voies and Epidavros Limira, while the peninsula of Onou Gnathos, became what is known today as the island of Elafonisos. Today, Monemvasia like a ship that has loosened its moorings, awaits to transport you back in time and through history and to enthrall you with the sights it will reveal to you.